CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - Ike Okoye had 21 points, a career-high 17
rebounds and a career-tying six blocks and Boise State withstood Eastern Washington's second-half charge for an 82-69 victory on
Robert Arnold added 18 points and Kurt Cunningham and La'Shard
Anderson had 10 apiece for the Broncos (3-2).
Brandon Moore had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles (2-3).
Boise State led 44-30 at halftime, but Benny Valentine brought Eastern Washington back, scoring eight straight points in a 2-minute span in which the Eagles pulled within 54-53 with 12:45 left. Boise State responded with nine straight points to push the lead back to 63-53 with 9:41 to go. Eastern Washington later got as close as five before the Broncos finally pulled away.
Arnold helped stake Boise State to a 10-0 lead to start the game, scoring six points in the first 3:35. Buoyed by nearly 60 percent shooting, Boise State pushed its lead to 14 at halftime behind Okoye's 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. The Eagles shot just 26 percent from the floor in the first half.
Valentine finished with 16 points and Glen Dean 12 for the Eagles.
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